Go “local” during National Independents Week (June 25 to July 4)





“During this week, we encourage you to “go local” by supporting as many locally owned businesses as possible. Join the thousands of consumers and hundreds of businesses who participate in this statewide celebration of the local and independent businesses that are the backbone of the Arizona economy.”

As usual, download the 20% off Golden Coupon and go online for long list of participating businesses (scroll down to Oro Valley or Tucson of whatever city you wish to visit or shop in):


I picked up my actual Golden Coupon at Bookman’s Sports Exchange on Speedway.  Now just to decide which business to choose from during Independents Week….

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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).


  1. Last day to download your Golden Coupon for 20% off at the participating businesses. Go Local!

  2. Used my 20% off golden coupon at Chocolate Iguana, 500 N. 4th Avenue — on a delicious chicken salad sandwich on whole wheat, and chocolate covered cherries, one of their specialties. Enjoy Independents Week and shop “local”, even in this heat.

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